Let’s face it 2020 is certainly going to be a year to remember for all of us. For one, many of us will be celebrating the holidays differently and hopefully on a smaller scale. For me, I’ll be cooking an entire Thanksgiving Dinner for my family of four instead of attending the usual gathering of 25. In the past I just had to make 2-3 side dishes for this gathering. I’m not happy about this new plan but it certainly beats risking exposure to the dreaded COVID-19 virus.
Maybe this is the year to start your own Healthy tradition(s) at the Holiday table.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Include more seasonal fruits and vegetables at your table
- Roasted brussels sprouts with olive oil and balsamic glaze
- Add fresh citrus slices to a kale or spinach salad
- Oven roasted acorn squash with a dash of maple syrup
- Homemade cranberry-orange sauce
- Red or green grapes added to the cheese board
- Add dried fruits or fresh fruit(apples/pears/cranberries) to stuffing
Reduce/Switch unhealthy ingredients
- Replace ½ the amount of butter with canola oil (this can’t be done in holiday cookies)
- Greek yogurt (nonfat or 1% lowfat) can replace half the amount of sour cream in dip recipes
- Use 1 ½ -2 egg whites for each whole egg in a recipe
- Fat ingredients can be reduced by ¼-1/3 in most recipes
- Substitute skim milk/1% lowfat milk/evaporated skim milk for whole milk
- Sugar can be reduced by ¼ - ½ in most recipes
Beverage consumption does add up!
- Consider adding more seltzer or soda water to alcoholic beverages
- Try the popular hard seltzers
- Fruit juices do contain calories add soda water to reduce them
Remember small changes can add up. This year more than ever it is important to celebrate with your loved ones on a healthier smaller scale.